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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Any Rec's for Persimmons and PawPaws?
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:58:45 PM »
For me best is Nikitas Gift (X) very cold hardy not too big but sweet fruits with rum flavor. Persimons with bigger fruits here - Buyu, Kaukaz, Buffalo Heart and Chong Pjong (Korean columnar variety) - all adstrigent.
I have about 15 varietes of Pawpaws, but the best is one seedling with very sweet fruits with light seeds and firm pulp with vanilla taste. Very good fruits are from Overleese and Pensylvania Golden 1 (it has taste like caramel) 8)

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotic Moraceae
« on: March 22, 2017, 07:35:17 PM »
I was surprised only with that Helicostylis as synonym for Brosimum . It is new thing for me. Anyway, one or another, they are very interesting trees not only for their fruits but also for pharmacological substances.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone grow black goji berry?
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:40:33 PM »
Yes I grow them. Still wait for fruiting... They are interesting. When you put the dry berry to the water, it stay blue at first then violet. Fruits are rich in antioxidants.
Yeah! They'd make a beautiful tea. I would expect it to prefer a climate similar to that of the regular goji. Don't know if they are used fresh or in cereals like red goji.

They can withstand more drouhgt than regular goji. Very easy to keep plant... I havent an opportunity to taste them so I dont know. May be this year? :)

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone grow black goji berry?
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:36:26 PM »
Where did you get seeds?

Many sellers in Europe offers them. I bought them from Italy . They are long viable seeds.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotic Moraceae
« on: March 22, 2017, 04:10:20 PM »
And perhaps in the future, topics about pouterias, about spondias, about other families will be cool, since it came out of the sameness.
















The seeds, marked as Helicostylis are seeds of some Brosimum (may be alicastrum). I have seeds of Helicostylis tomentosa and they look like the seeds marked as Naucleopsis in your picture. They are abou 4 times smaller than that of Brosimum. I will take the picture from my young plants.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Exotic Moraceae
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:42:23 PM »
Very interesting tree is cows milk tree - Galactodendron (Brosimum) utile. It have edible fruits and the sap of tree have composition similar to milk of cow. Tree seems to be more sensitive to drough than Ramon.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Anyone grow black goji berry?
« on: March 20, 2017, 06:34:36 PM »
Yes I grow them. Still wait for fruiting... They are interesting. When you put the dry berry to the water, it stay blue at first then violet. Fruits are rich in antioxidants.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamon
« on: March 04, 2017, 06:24:12 AM »

If one's ultimate goal is to harvest the bark for cinnamon,  pruning the tree to keep "small" is not beneficial.   You want the tree to grow up so you can proceed with the sacrific to get the water suckers to harvest the bark.

I must keep them small because Im limited with roof of greenhouse as I live in nontropical climate. In FL I think you can grow them without any prunning and they can easily attain 10 m hihg

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamon
« on: March 04, 2017, 06:18:51 AM »

I reccomend to plant both because they can be easily maintained by prunnning about 10 ft high and both are very good for kitchen as a spice.

Because of high coumarin content in casia, I would discourage use of this species. I think it does more damage than good. Go for the real thing.

If you dont consume it daily and in high doses I think it cannot harm you. But it is true that ceylon cinnamon scent is much more better and is safer.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Cinnamon
« on: March 03, 2017, 03:52:52 PM »
Anyone growing Cinnamon in sw/s FL.? How big does it really get?

"Which" cinnamon?  Some nurseries tend to abuse the name and interchange cassia and cinnamon.  Leaf shapes are totally different as are the uses, benefits and growth habits.

You can distinguish them not only by the leaf shape but they have different scent. Ceylon cinnamon is sweet  with tone of clove inside. More pungent is cassia and between them Indonesian cinnamon (C. burmanii). Indonesian cinnamon grow very fast, ceylon cinnamon is less vigorous grower. I reccomend to plant both because they can be easily maintained by prunnning about 10 ft high and both are very good for kitchen as a spice.

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Sassafras root suckers
« on: February 26, 2017, 05:17:00 PM »
I have few plants from seeds. Seeds must be fresh and they need undergo stratification. They grow very slowly but leaves has nice smell

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Temperate Fruit Discussion / Re: Gevuina Avellana ( Chilean Hazelnut)
« on: February 26, 2017, 05:13:30 PM »
5 y ago I have small plants in pot but no one survive. They are difficult for growing in containers, may be we have hot summers here. Some plants from Proteaceae family need specific soil composition. With Macadamia I have no problems.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: growing black goji
« on: February 06, 2017, 04:41:15 PM »
i had mine in containers that didnt do so well.
i put them in ground, and they looked shabby for months
i gave them some mycorrhizae, and it took a few weeks
but , they really took off after that.

also, they are in a raised bed with garden soil.
i think when the roots finally hit the soil underneath
(mostly sand), is when they started growing faster.

not sure if i am a fan of the growth habit.
they fall over, and produce "branches" that sprout up,
 then THEY fall over etc...

i did harvest a few handfuls of fruit in the fall.

this is 3 plants... 2 are smaller, most of this jumble, is 1 plant.





Are you sure that it is black goji? (L. ruthenicum) It look like red one... My plants have very narrow and thick leaves.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: growing black goji
« on: February 05, 2017, 05:17:06 PM »
Very easy to grow. Seedlings need strong light and it was problem here when I start them during winter. Now they are about half meter tall dense bushes, 3 y old. They need good drainage but also like water. Survived -15 C without any problems.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fresh guarana seeds for trade
« on: January 05, 2017, 05:42:43 PM »
Sprouting in about a week? :o Hmm, so I must received old ones last time because only 1 seed from 20 germinated after 2 month and half a year after I dont have succes to keep the seedling alive. There were seeds from Brasil. From other source seeds were completely unviable. Good to know, I will order from you when weather will be little bit warmer here and better for transport.

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Re: Fresh guarana seeds for trade
« on: December 27, 2016, 05:23:27 PM »
Near impossible for me to germinate guarana seeds. I have them from many sources. They lost viability very quickly.

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Hi,

Plinia rivularis seeds arrived in very good quality, most of them germinated. Thanks.

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It is some Tabernaemontana species. I saw similar in Nicaragua 16 y ago.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: pics of eugenia pyriformis x lutescens?
« on: October 28, 2016, 06:28:44 PM »
I have one plant from friend which he say is sweet type of E. pyriformis, but it can be a x. It give only one fruit this summer after only 3 years from seed and in 1 liter! pot. I have no any other Eugenia which give fruits in such small stage, only pitangatuba can do the same.






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From pitangatuba I have some plants (about 15 - 25 cm high) and may by some germinated seeds - i must check them...

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Jaboticabaholics Anonymous
« on: September 06, 2016, 06:02:00 PM »
Plinia Oblongata, red pulp jabuticaba, very tasty, flavor similar to grumixama.





Very nice plants! Do you have any seeds or you know about source of seeds from this? I Try for a long time to add M. oblongata to my collection and without success

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Cheers for the info akanonui 😀👍🏼

I think that P. salicifolia var. capulli will be better for subtropics. I have several plants in garden, but I must keep them in pots because of our strong winters. Fruits are delicious and sweet unlike P. tomentosa wich are juicy but little bit sour. But Nanking cheries have explosive amount of fruits which are very decorative

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Annona pot culture, recommendations
« on: August 07, 2016, 05:57:27 PM »
Ive got A.reticulata and A squamosa growing in pot...they have 2 years ago from seed...A Squamosa flowering last years but lose the small fruit,..but are species that can grow in pot ...I pplied 10-10-10 every month ...water ...irrigation:2 times by week..Porous substratumwith good drainage.


I wanna know anybody fruiting cherimoya in pot??

I have cherimoya once get to fruit in the pot, but fruit was very small. But I have several times fruits from A. muricata which I grow in 15 gal pot.

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It is probably genetic factors that some trees of Rio doesnt produce well. Only one of my trees have reliable flowering and fruiting period and no any else.

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